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  • Article: Feb 6, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding your article on assisted dying in last week's Chronicle, the main issue is one of autonomy.

    Maintaining control over what happens to them is often the paramount issue for people approaching the end of their life.

    Suicide is a legal action and it is right that people so incapacitated that they cannot end their own life, while being independently assessed to fulfi l the criteria for assisted dying, are helped to do so.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In discussing racism, it is important to realise that we all feel uncomfortable when faced with people who we don't know, understand or are different from.

    Think how long it takes some to assimilate into and be accepted by a different society, whether that is a village, country or ideology.

    It is part of the human condition that we prefer people like us; those who deny this are deluding themselves, a far greater danger.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Your latest editorial on political leaders makes the case for electoral reform in the form of preferential voting.

    The electorate have a hard choice to make and I think often vote in the hope of influencing the future government in their preferred way.

    Our present system of voting does not make this easy with tactical voting the main way, apart from voting for your preferred candidate who might or might not have any chance of winning.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    To those of your readers who are still undecided about voting, I would say that it is not often we can see so clearly the motivations behind at least one of the main party's strategy in the hope that it might infl uence their vote.

    David Cameron decided to call a referendum in 2016 to thwart the ambitions of his rivals on the right, UKIP thinking that it would clear the air.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With the general election rapidly approaching, it will soon be time for your readers to decide how they are going to vote.

    The Liberal Democrats offer a strong, distinct message on the main issue of this election, namely whether we remain in or leave the European Union.

    Whatever deal or none the other two parties manage to negotiate, it will not be as good as the one we already have inside the largest free trade association on the planet.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Now that we know that there will be a general election on 12th December, your readers will start thinking about who to give their vote.

    They only have one under our antiquated system, so it becomes even more important to choose wisely.

    The obvious - though not the only criteria - is which candidate best refl ects their views on the important issues.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Dear Sir,

    The real miracle is that despite our extravagance and indeed indulgence, we still have a chance of saving this planet for future generations if we act wisely (RS Norbury p33 last week's Chronicle).

    Though no expert, my reading of the science is that we can still ensure our survival if we act quickly and boldly enough.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In response to the first part of Sylvia Dyke's letter (Chronicle, 24th October), we are where we are and though interesting it is not particularly useful to explore and analyse the past.

    The country enjoys a more diverse electorate than it did at the time she describes that offers us unique opportunities to experience different cultures and has, for the most part, encompassed our values that perhaps were the reasons they came in the fi rst place.

    Whatever happened, it was unlikely that we would hold onto the quality of life that we enjoyed in the 50s and 60s, born of our success in part by exploiting other countries and their inhabitants.

    Technology has moved on and we are able, if we encompass it fully, to communicate online with people in countries most of us will never visit and enjoy scenes and stories from them that enrich our lives.

    Though employment is less secure, most of us can enjoy our leisure time in a wide variety of ways some of which our ancestors could only dream of.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With respect to Connor Brady's recent letter in the Chronicle, both Labour and the Conservatives, with last week's Queen's Speech, are attempting to move on from the Brexit debate.

    They know that their respective stances are losing public support and that most people are now in favour of remaining in the European Union.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Sam Corcoran, (page 32 in last week's Chronicle) and indeed the Labour Party still do not grasp that leaving in any form is worse than remaining in the EU.

    How does he know that his (Labour's) deal will be any better than the one negotiated by Theresa May?

    He, or at least his party, wants to put the deal his party negotiates to the people in a referendum.